Atwal determined to win EurAsia Cup

Jurgen Klopp

Darren Clarke's team romped to a 18-5 triumph here two years ago and with six of the world top 20 in his ranks, Bjorn goes in even more impressively loaded.

The nine-time European Tour victor is part of a 12-man line-up representing Team Europe against Team Asia at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Malaysia starting Friday.

Casey, who played on winning teams in both 2004 and 2006, is determined to boost his chances of making a Ryder Cup return in Paris by putting on a strong show in a team that also includes Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood.

The Wicklow golfer is now seventh on the European Points List and sixth on the World Points List in terms of Ryder Cup qualification, which means he's in the automatic qualification spots for the showdown with America in Paris later this year. "But the players in my team are all champions and they all know how to win", said Atwal, a victor on multiple tours, ranging from Asia to Europe and US. Obviously I love playing the majors and big tournaments but sometimes I can get a bit uninterested. Asia have what is probably their strongest team ever in this event and we have to be focused.

Promising young Malaysian Gavin Green, the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit victor, is among a handful on the Asian side playing in the event at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club for the first time.

"I was coming into the last half of the year with this being a big goal of mine to make the team, and so I'm delighted that I'm here and hopefully we can have a good week", Dunne said yesterday.

Noren is joined by the likes of reigning Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood, former Open champion Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey and Rafa Cabrera-Bello in a formidable European team that will present their Asian counterparts with a stiff challenge.

"Definitely everybody knows we are underdogs, except my team".

That did not translate into Ryder Cup success at Hazeltine, however, with Europe suffering their first defeat since 2008 and Bjorn's first in six contests as either a player or vice-captain.

But of course, he still continues his own career as a player on Asian Tour, where he first started nearly two decades ago. I'm very comfortable with him because of the same language we speak and we've played together on many occasions, so that's a very good thing. "You can be underdogs on paper, but once the matches start, anything can happen".

Atwal's team this year includes his fellow countrymen from India, Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia, as well as Japan's Hideto Tanihara and Yuta Ikeda, and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.



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